Drees & Sommer Innovation Forum: a Meeting of Two Worlds

In the afternoon at the Innovation Forum, young companies presented innovative real estate solutions. (Left to right) Dr. Felix Reinshagen (Navvis), Norman Meyer (Drees & Sommer), Sascha M. Donner (Evana), Jan Boström (Sundahus), Klaus Berberich (Thing Technologies), Steffen Szeidl, Peter Mösle, Patrick Theis (Drees & Sommer)

More than 150 guests were at Classic Remise Berlin on May 19, 2018, to attend presentations around the subject of Rapid Change – a Recipe for Corporate Change. At the popular industry gathering, speakers gave insights into new developments and topical themes in the construction and real estate sector.

‘Digitization is certainly hugely accelerating the changes in society and the economy. But one of the secrets of successful entrepreneurship has always been to face profound change with a positive mindset, and ideally anticipate it. What makes a change management strategy successful, and what long-established companies in particular can do about digital transformation, is therefore the focus of our Innovation Forum’, said Steffen Szeidl, member of the Executive Board of Drees & Sommer.

Future manager Dr. Pero Mićić, Member of the Management Board at FutureManagementGroup, considered the question: Where are we heading? The subject of Change in Real Estate Management was addressed by Rupprecht Rittweger, CEO of e-shelter and Managing Partner of Investa Holding GmbH. Mark Bryden, Board Director and co-founder of Bryden Wood, gave a talk entitled: Change for Architects.

Interpreter Linking Two Worlds

New digital real estate business models were also a focus of the forum. Presentations covered the online tool Asset Check by Drees & Sommer and bulwiengesa; Evana AG’s use of artificial intelligence for analyzing databases and documents; the Building Material Scout platform, which was developed by Drees & Sommer in collaboration with HOINKA GmbH and SundaHus i Linköping AB and offers information on the materials used in construction products; and the Thing-it app, which enables digital operation of buildings. Drees & Sommer also introduced the LCM Digital tool, and the Munich-based startup Navvis gave a presentation on M3 Trolley, a technology for indoor mapping and navigation.